Citing austerity measures, our elected officials have closed AG Holley which is the only hospital for TB in Florida. The state reported that there were declining numbers in the disease since 2010, but truthfully Florida was having one of the largest outbreaks in the last 20 years.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden said “Drug resistance is starting to be a very big problem. In the past, people stopped worrying about TB, and it came roaring back. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen again. We are all connected by the air we breathe, and that is why this must be everyone’s problem.”
On a side note, did you know that A.G. Holley in Lantana sits on a really nice property located east of I-95? Locals have mixed feelings about the appearance and I have visited there for meetings when I worked at a non-profit agency. Sorry but one can’t help thinking that there might be other forces at work favoring developers and if anybody here has personal insight please do share. Citizens should only support development with transparency that includes hearing the opinions of those most directly impacted. This could all just be my imagination, but sadly PB County has a history of dirty back room deals.
So what’s next in the line of “vintage” diseases for Florida? An outbreak of scurvy? Maybe the state will fund gin & tonic with lime stations. Find out how your representative voted and ask why and most importantly what’s the plan now.
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